Personal birding at home and abroad, plus other natural history and conservation involvements.
Friday, June 2, 2017
New Indian photographic field guide.
Strangely enough I've never actually been to the Indian sub-continent and for no good reason either ! This book now justifies a reason to plan not one, but several, visits!
The title is a long one! " A Photographic Field Guide to the Birds of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh " by Grewal, Sen, Singh, Devasar and Bhatia. And for those of you whose minds immediately raise a query, yes, the Andaman Islands are covered too !
This book provides precisely what is "claimed on the tin" in the form of 4000 coloured photographs of high quality covering every distinct species and sub-species in the specified area ( some 1375 in all ). A distribution map is provided for most of the species alongside brief details of Voice, Range and Habitat coupled with a succinct description of the bird itself.
The photographs! They're superb! It would be difficult to make a Yellow-bellied Babbler look "sexy" but page 498 presents a bird which creditably holds its own amongst a plethora of more colourful, resplendent individuals ! It would also be wrong to select a favourite, in fact, it would be nigh on impossible given the selection available. Make your own choices!
At nearly 800 pages this is not, in my opinion, a Field Guide for the field unless used judiciously. In addition to weight, I doubt it would stand up to repeated "thumbings through" or inclement weather as the binding is a little bit flimsy. However, as a reference book at the end of the day it is an absolute essential for every trip For heavens sake don't forget to pack it !.
Published by Princeton University Press ( ISBN 978-0-691-17649-7 ) , but , in the UK, simply contact Wildsounds.
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